Organic Denim Jeans + Embroidery

Organic Denim Keans with hand embroidered pockets, Sew Pomona

 

Organic Denim Keans with hand embroidered pockets, Sew PomonaI was never that into wearing jeans until I learned how to sew my own perfectly fitted pair.  These jeans are just my style with the embroidered pockets and colorful topstitching.   I love the fit and silhouette.  I’m not a skinny jeans girl.  I don’t think that silhouette makes me look as proportional as a nice straight leg that skims the hip.  This organic denim is so comfortable too, with just a bit of stretch. Perfect timing as this month’s theme over at The Monthly Stitch is Denim Never Dies!

Organic Denim Keans with hand embroidered pockets, Sew Pomona

Organic Denim Keans with hand embroidered pockets, Sew Pomona

I used Vogue pattern V8774 again, my tried and true pattern that I modified for my first pair of jeans, my sashiko stitched indigo dyed jeans.  Only modifications this go around were widening the change pocket and the side pockets to make them much deeper and narrowing the lower leg slightly.  I used Angela Wolf’s Craftsy class Sewing Designer Jeans to make these once again.  I love her tips and it’s so easy to follow along and sew along with the video lessons.

I have been on a search for organic denim for a while now.  It’s surprisingly  hard to find!  This is a stretch denim from Werkundstoff on Etsy(from Germany) in a nice dark finish. I used about 2.5 yards to make these.  The denim is quite light weight at just  11.5 oz, and lovely to work with.  I highly recommend it!

Organic Denim Keans with hand embroidered pockets, Sew PomonaOrganic Denim Keans with hand embroidered pockets, Sew Pomona

I figured if I’m going to go to all the trouble of making custom denim I might as well go crazy and make them exactly to my taste.  I love embroidery and have been looking for a project using my favorite William Morris pomegranate’s as inspiration.

I decided to coordinate my embroidery colors of coral, orange, pink and green with my topstitching and serging.  I used an orange thread for all my serging on the interior and found a perfect coral silk thread to match my embroidery for the topstitching.  I double my thread for all the topstitching and used a 4.0 stitch – no double needles here.  I also used a decorative star stitch on my belt loops and to secure the denim on the pockets, side seam and zipper fly.  I went with the copper finish for buttons, zipper and rivets, all from Taylor Tailor’s shop.

Organic Denim Keans with hand embroidered pockets, Sew Pomona

I’m wearing these with my Anne Klein Top V1382 , my fav purple Batik Vans, Anthropologie bracelet and Zennioptical sunglasses btw.

These jeans took quite a while to construct but I just love them.  The fit is great plus the dark finish is quite slimming.  It also helps that I’ve toned up so much from my 5+ mile walks during the week.   I’ve been wearing these pants constantly since I made them.  They’re so comfy and I know I need to wear them now before it gets too hot.  I’ve already bought some lovely hemp/linen stretch fabric to make another much simpler pair for the spring.  I’m planning on widening the leg slightly for that pair.

Organic Denim Keans with hand embroidered pockets, Sew Pomona

Here are some detail shots:

Hand embroidered pomegranate’s and lemons on back pockets and star stitches on my belt loops.  These pockets were the perfect project for after Christmas when I was home with the kids.  I even brought them to the park to work on and kept busy working on these while watching TV.  They probably took me longer to make then the actual jeans.  I’m so happy with how these turned out!

detail shots-Organic Denim Jeans with Hand Embroidery- Sew Pomona

Front fly and change pocket detail- I made my change pocket wide enough to fit my license/cc inside.

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Interior pocket made with enclosed front seam, the fabric is folded lengthwise to keep the bottom of the pocket seamless.  Next time I’ll remember to cut my decorative fabric pocket to extend all the way to the waistband.

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Had to include one last shot with Ami as she was so patient with me as I took photos at the Naples Botanical Garden. We had to find someplace a little shady as it was a bit later in the morning and the sun was so bright.   She’s my little helper.  She stands by the tripod to let me know how my pics are turning out!

Organic Denim Keans with hand embroidered pockets, Sew Pomona

I think sewing jeans is a bit addictive.  Have you tried making your own jeans?   I think the process is just so much fun.   Happy Sewing!

 

Bronte + Francoise Tops

Bronte Top Grey Performance Knit, Sew Pomona

My first makes of the year are all tops.  I do love a quick make!   I’ve made all these patterns before, so other than lots of pics, this post will be short and sweet.

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Grey Scuba knit Bronte top, Sew Pomona

Francoise Scuba Knit Top, Sew Pomona

First up is one of my favorite new patterns, the Bronte Top from Jennifer Lauren Vintage.  You can see my earlier version in red here. Other then making  the long sleeve version this one is exactly the same. I made up a bunch of these assembly line style during the holidays.  This version in a light grey performance knit, I also refashioned another version in teal(no pics yet),  made a burgundy version for my sis which I hope to get pics of( hint, hint Megan!) and made the dark grey scuba knit below.  It is amazing how different fabrics effect the fit of this top.  This version is quite fitted unlike my first as the stretch is greater, and firmer. The knit was a remnant I found at Jo Ann’s, and my fav so far.  I need more solid colors like this, so versatile.

Bronte Top Grey Performance Knit, Sew Pomona

Bronte Top Grey Performance Knit, Sew Pomona

Bronte Top Grey Performance Knit, Sew Pomona

Next is my grey scuba short sleeve Bronte.  This one was meant for my friend Karen, but came out a bit too tiny as she’s bustier then I am. It does fit me but the sleeves are a bit tight.  I do like the line of this shirt as it skims the waist.   The scuba is just so thick that it doesn’t have as much stretch so it’s a bit restrictive.  I’ll have to make another for her in a different fabric.

Grey Scuba knit Bronte top, Sew Pomona

Grey Scuba knit Bronte top, Sew Pomona

Grey Scuba knit Bronte top, Sew Pomona

And finally, here’s my altered Francoise to a scuba knit top/sweater.  This was made with the leftover yardage, Marcy Tilton (out of stock), from my Scuba Knit Francoise dress.    Made in the same way as my dress except I pinched out the bust darts and removed all the other darts.  It gives it a more aline shape.  I finished it with a simple serged on band at the waist.  Easy peasy.  Plus on a cold day this pairs perfectly with the light grey top.

Francoise Scuba Knit Top, Sew Pomona

Francoise Scuba Knit Top, Sew Pomona

Francoise Scuba Knit Top, Sew Pomona

Francoise Scuba Knit Top, Sew Pomona

All these tops work into my sewing silhouettes.  Can’t wait to make up a few more pieces to show off the full looks!  I just finished my new jeans yesterday and can’t wait to show them off!  I’m already jonesing to make another much simpler pair in a light color.

Sewing Plans 2015

Color mood board Sew Pomona

I think I love planning out my looks just as much as the actual sewing and dyeing.  Read on for my sewing plans for 2015!

Color mood board Sew Pomona
My color Moodboard

For the past few month’s I’ve been working my way slowly through Into Mind’s Workbook, love her site!  Below is my color palette for the year.  I’m not bothering to make as much seasonally anymore.   During SW Florida winters the coldest it gets is in the high 40’sF(8C) in the a.m., so it’s just a matter of layering.  I’ve worn a sport jacket maybe 3 days out of the year so far.  Plus the cold weather is so infrequent, a week of cold and then it’s back in the 80’sF(27C).  The only time my wardrobe really changes is in summer, when I just wear less altogether and am at the beach more often than not. So from now on I’ll be sewing just 2 seasons, Summer + Spring/Fall.   You can see my earlier Into Mind, Wardrobe Revamp Pinterest board here.

 

 My Color Palette
(made using Into Mind’s Workbook!) 

 

Sewing plans, Sew Pomona

View my ideas on fabric choices, color palette, silhouette’s, techniques and sewing patterns I’m planning on incorporating into my wardrobe this year:

http://www.pinterest.com/RebeccaBurnett/2015-sewing-goals/

 

I was originally  thinking of entering this year’s SWAP, but I’m not sure now if I will.  I really don’t want to deal with sewing contests and imposed deadlines this year.  But I loved the silhouette planning this led me to focus on.  One of my goals for the New Year is to make full head to toe looks that all coordinate.  I hate having lovely makes in my closet that I have only one or no options to wear with.

On that note, I’m joining up again with Wardrobe Architect again this year to plan out my Sewing.  January is for finding your style and picking out your preferred silhouette’s, which I’ve already done and have been tweaking as I go, but you can see my WA boards on Pinterest here, and here.  In the coming month’s I’ll be using WA to plan out my Summer Wardrobe.

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So below are my main silhouettes for Fall/Winter/Spring.  I used my handy dandy The Fashion Sketchpad to sketch these out quickly.  Right now I’m working on finishing my first main look, the jacket and jeans, before it gets too hot to wear them.  The jacket, V8621 Claire Schaeffer, was started last year around this time and quickly became a UFO.  Mainly because it’s almost all hand sewn using couture techniques which is so time-consuming.   Plus I had gained a little weight which I’m slowly losing now with my daily 4+ mile walks back and forth to Nigel’s school.

I just started on the jeans using my altered pattern from my last pair of Vogue Jeans, V8874.  I found a lovely organic denim with a bit of stretch on Etsy at Werkundstoff.   The back of the jeans are sewn, my coral topstitching looks great and the hand embroidered pockets look fab!  I just can’t resist putting embroidery on pockets!  I was inspired by William Morris and his pomegranate designs.  My blog is named after Pomona, the goddess of fruitful abundance, so I though it was fitting to make my embroidery compliment that.   I used the same imagery to design my logo(check it out at the top of my page!)  The embroidery was a perfect project for the past week with both kids home.  I can easily bring it with me to the park and outings and could do a bit while watching tv in the evenings.

Back view of jeans, hand embroidered pockets, Sew Pomona
Flat back view of jeans (unfinished) with hand embroidered pockets.

 

 

My Preliminary Silhouette Sketches: 

Sewing plans, Sew Pomona

 

The first two tops in the image below are done too.   I’ll be posting them next week. The Francoise Top/Sweater Knit and the Bronte Long Sleeve in Grey.

Sewing plans, Sew Pomona

These (below) are my two workout/walking looks and the Holly jumpsuit that I have been wanting to make for ages!  I’m envisioning it in a crisp white linen for Spring.

Sewing plans, Sew Pomona

One of my goals this year  is to work with patterns I already own/or have made before.  Only one new sewing pattern in this lineup.  Also I’m really going to try to stick to using up my  refashion stash (all my old RTW clothes + some stuff from my mom) and then try to use recycled textiles and only buy organic and sustainable fabrics.  I don’t actually have a fabric stash, I usually buy as I go.

I also want to start drafting my own patterns more this year as I plan for starting my business next year.  I’m working with the book Patternmaking: Portfolio Skills by Dennic Chunman Lo as well as a Craftsy Course, Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper with Suzy Furrer.

I’ve just signed up again for another fast from purchasing clothing with Goodbye Valentino’s RTW Fast!  I loved participating last year as it really helped me focus on my sewing.  If I wanted something to wear I needed to make it.  Great Motivation!  And this month I’ll be following along with Cloth Habit’s  Watson Bra Sew-along.  I bought all my notions before Christmas and am psyched to make some more lingerie.

2015 Goodbye Valentino RTW Fast

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I’m also hoping to participate in this is moonlight’s One Year, One Outfit challenge to sew a complete sustainable outfit.   Here are Nicki’s ground rules: all fibers farmed and processed locally (she’s using a 300 mile radius, I may need to go farther?), all fibers must be natural, use natural non toxic dyes, & all fabric and clothing made must be of quality construction.  Unfortunately I’m not located near any Fibershed’s :( , and the nearest organic fabric I’ve sourced in the past was from North Carolina and Texas. More research needed!    The dyeing part will be much easier as I’ve had great success in the past with vegetable and local plant dyes.

One Year One Outfit

 

 

 

Happy Sewing!